N.C. Medical Examiners

Boone police present findings on Best Western deaths

The Boone Police Department planned on Thursday to give prosecutors evidence gathered about the carbon monoxide poisonings at the Best Western.

Police spent six months investigating, and it will be up to District Attorney Jerry Wilson whether any criminal charges are presented to a grand jury. Wilson said in an interview last month that he didn’t expect a decision until January.

The investigation stemmed from two sets of deaths at the hotel. Daryl and Shirley Jenkins of Longview, Wash., died in April and two months later 11-year-old Jeffrey Williams of Rock Hill died and his mother, Jeannie, suffered debilitating injuries.

Authorities traced the deadly gas to the swimming pool water heater.

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